What Motivates Us
Algebra Nation works with amazing students, teachers, and school systems. We are motivated by their successes and triumphs, and by the challenges they face in providing the education every student deserves. Below are some of the issues that keep us up at night.
- In 2016, just 18% of Alabama 10th graders students scored “proficient” on the ACT Aspire Mathematics exam, according to Alabama State Department of Education data.
- By 2020, according the Mobile Area Education Foundation, 62 percent of Alabama jobs will require post-secondary education or training, but less than 30 percent of Mobile County residents age 25-64 meet that standard.
- A 2016 study from the National Bureau of Economic Research found that states that reformed their finance systems to send more money to low-income districts saw students’ performance rise over 10 years due to the increased spending. The gains were significant compared to student gains in states that did not increase funding to low-income districts.
- Civil Rights data show that states with less funding tend to have higher/student teacher ratios, while schools serving minority students have high rates of first-year teachers.